[lit-ideas] Re: Thinks

  • From: Paul Stone <pas@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 13:45:26 -0400

At 01:28 PM 6/1/2004, you wrote:
> > 'Swotted' (UK, fr. sweated) = (in this case) to have prepared 
> thoroughly for an
> > exam ('swotted up' a subject).
>As a last resort, look it up or check the manual. But I'm
>not that desparate. I can ask the list.
>I always supposed "swotted up" came from "swot" - the sound
>made when pounding or beating something, like beating a rug
>- so when something is "swotted" or "swotted up", it's
>beaten up and down, beaten into submission, thoroughly
>worked over ...
>Anything to this?

Sounds plosibble.


Paul Stone
Kingsville, ON, Canada 

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